Incident Reporting

All incidents must be reported, as soon as possible, via the British Rowing online logging system. Damage to boats should be noted in the log book following your outing. The Safety Adviser can provide assistance and advice as required.


What is incident reporting?

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Sometimes things go wrong, but it is beneficial to learn from any mistakes that are made. Incident reporting is an important tool that allows rowing clubs to do this. By recording incidents and near misses our club can analyse the reports to see if there are any trends that need addressing, which may require a change in the club safety policy to allow the club to fulfil its Duty of Care.

Who is responsible for reporting an incident?

It is everybody’s responsibility to report incidents or near misses.

Why you should report an incident or near miss

You should report any incidents or near misses that you are either involved in or witness. It allows the club to improve the way it runs club sessions.

When you should report an incident or near miss

As soon as practicably possible, ideally within 24 hours of the incident.

What is an incident?

You must report any of the following:

  • Capsize or falling out of boat through: inexperience, contact with another rowing boat, contact with other object, equipment or boat failure
  • Collision through: contact with static object, moving object, navigation issue, poor visibility or lighting.
  • Swamping through: rough water, collision with other rowing boat, collision with other object or wash.
  • Health related: manual handling, respiratory, hypothermia, heat stress, water-borne disease.
  • Equipment failure: boat buoyancy, riggers, gates, seats/feet, steering equipment, bow ball, blades/sculls, safety/coaching/rescue launch, PFDs and lifejackets, throw lines or racking.
  • Land training due to: weight training, circuit training, running, cycling, indoor rowing or slips/trips.
  • Trailer towing: failure of equipment, driving issue, incorrect or improper stowage, falling from a height.